By Eric Reinhardt
C’est un livre d’amour. C’est un livre d’amour dédié à une saison, l’automne. C’est un livre d’amour et de guerre sur l. a. mondialisation, les dérives du capitalisme moderne.
Laurent Dahl prend los angeles fuite, abandonnant femme, enfants, appartement londonien et domestiques. Son ascension fulgurante dans une société d’investissements vient de s’achever en faillite.
Patrick Neftel roule à vive attract vers un studio de télévision, des armes cachées dans le coffre de sa voiture, pour accomplir le geste radical et désespéré qui lui donnera enfin le sentiment d’exister.
Thierry Trockel conduit son épouse vers un manoir isolé aux environs de Munich. Ils doivent y retrouver un couple rencontré sur Internet.
À travers ces trois personnages issus d’une classe moyenne toujours malmenée par l’auteur du ethical des ménages, c’est l. a. société dans toute sa rudesse qui se révèle : investors bourrés de cocaïne, laissés pour compte de los angeles promoting sociale, mom and dad soumis et humiliés, teenagers rageurs, jeunes gens avides et ambitieux, conceitedness et dégradation des humans, mépris des intellectuels de gauche pour les déclassés.
Cendrillon est le roman que l’on attendait sur notre monde, un monde qui agonise et ressuscite d’un marché financier à l’autre : documenté, précis, captivant. On se passionne pour les paris périlleux des spéculateurs qui jouent avec l’argent des autres, au risque de tout perdre.
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